Igor Isakovski (1970 Skopje, Macedonia) is a poet and prose writer. He holds a BA in World and Comparative Literature from Sts. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje and MA in Gender and Culture, CEU, Budapest. He has worked as radio & TV show host for various stations in Macedonia, and as a web designer and e‐publishing consultant. He is founder and director of the Cultural Institution Blesok and works as its editor‐in‐chief and webmaster. He has published Letters (1991, novel), Black Sun(1992, poetry), Explosions, Pregnant Moon, Eruptions… (1993, short stories), Vulcan – Earth – (1995, poetry), – Sky (1996, 2000, poetry), Engravings, Blues Phone Booth (2001, prose etchings), Sandglass (2002, short stories), Way Down in the Hole (poetry, 2004), Swimming in the Dust (2005, novel, Prose Masters Award 2005), Blues Phone Booth II (2006, prose etchings). His work has been translated and published in USA, Australia, Korea, Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Israel, Poland, Hungary, and United Kingdom, including Sky (poetry in English, 1996, 2000), Sejanje smeha (selected poetry in Serbian and Macedonian, 2003), I & Tom Waits (selected poetry in English and Macedonian, 2003), Sandglass (short stories in English, 2003). He translates poetry, prose, and essays, from and into Macedonian, English, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and Montenegrian. His Macedonian translations include books by Aleš Debeljak, Ludwig Giesz, Maria Todorova, Dušan Gojkov, Claude Freeman III, Robert Mlinarec, Josip Osti, Ronny Someck, M.T.C. Cronin, Goran Gluvić, Thomas Shapcott, Jack Galmitz, Gerrit Bussink, and Hans van de Waaresnburg. He lives in Skopje, with his wife Kalina, their daughters Sara and Lina, and all their friends.
'I like to use the languages of the various arts – literature, music, theatre...I think that is the spirit of the modern global era.'- poet Ivan Hristov spoke to SJ Fowler of 3AM magazine about the evolution of the contemporary Bulgarian poetry scene.
Cosmin Borza discusses the work of Romania's 'Generation 2000' poets, including Radu Vancu and Claudiu Komartin in an essay at Asymptote.
At the Sofia Poetics festival, which was organised by Word Express participant Ivan Hristov, Scottish based poet Ryan Van Winkle caught up with fellow festival guests SJ Fowler and Tomasz Rózycki. To hear Fowler and Rózycki discussing their work and reading some of their poetry, listen to the Scottish Poetry Library podcast here.